An attitude that is less than helpful to be certain. However as the article I linked previously illustrates it is not just Black lives the rotten apples among the militarised cops can snuff out with virtual impunity and no fear of (legal) repercussion. I mean they just killed a working-class white kid in the style of a death-squad execution Duterte would probably be proud of.
So this is an example of where seeking justice based on class (if he was a rich kid those cops would be in prison by now, particularly given that sickening and disgusting body cam footage and probably looking at a date with the needle that 'murican conservatives are so awfully fond of themselves) would also further the aims of BLM.
It is tragic that the epidemic of Black deaths was not enough to put a stop to this horrid culture, but even in my own country the police could bash fags with almost the same impunity and the country and politics only happened to get up in arms about it when a passing psychology student passed by too close, was janked off her bike and subsequently clubbed to death by our riot police and that was 1979.
It was that incident and not all of the previous incidents ,where the cops beat gay men or accused “criminals” without connections to death that finally prompted a thorough overhaul of police procedure and a reining in of the worst elements of established police “culture” and traditions. Including our highway patrol’s infamous hazing nights where they’d go bust up known gay hang-out, such as bars and the gay men in them.
If Daniel Shaver is the spark needed to provoke the same in America then it would be better if some of the BLM activists joined forces with other would-be police reformers, perhaps even Blue Lives Matter. Because the conduct of the rotten apples erodes police authority and prestige and sentiments such as your quoted “all cops are bastards” diminish the value of and possibly endanger all police lives too.
If the Atlantic is correct then the officers in the Shaver case had both body cams and tasers and it didn’t help one bit. You can add all the camera surveillance you want and give them all the non-lethal weapons they could possibly want but without changes to the entrenched culture and an overhaul of procedure those will largely remain symbolic measures.
You forget that modern America is the country that is willing to sacrifice children on the altar of the second amendment. With either of the current two major parties in the us waiting for them to offer legitimate and effective means of redress is likely to mean settling in for the very long-haul.
Well Paul Ryan, and the big cable companies sure aren’t.
Wha, at least over here officers certified to handle firearms are expected to be able to withstand “stronger pressures” then the average civilian. Still a bit vague and not always able to provide a satisfactory resolution for the victims or the police but at least the standards are supposed to be higher.
The exceptions tend to be if the police are faced with overwhelming firepower. More rare, but certainly not unheard of, here than in the US.